We hear a number of reasons from our parents that explain why a child has missed a day of school. Some of these are acceptable reasons, others are not.
The following are some examples of acceptable reasons for students to be absent from the College:
- being sick, or having an infectious disease
- having an unavoidable medical/dental appointment
- being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
- exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. attending a funeral)
Unfortunately there are other excuses that have been used for student absence. The following are examples of unacceptable reasons for students not attending:
- Visiting relatives
- Care of a relative, young child, or elderly
- Truancy / School refusal (without having a support plan in place with the College)
Overseas family holidays are an excellent opportunity for children to experience learning out of school. The cultural differences, the history, food and people all provide a type of learning that is hard to replicate in school. As such overseas family holidays are a reasonable excuse for student absences from school. However, please note that a holiday interstate or regular holidays that take the child out of school often, do have a negative impact on their learning. These would not be considered acceptable reasons for absence.
Year 12 students in particular need to have their time planned very carefully. As the completion of VCE or VCAL programs are vitally important to assist in preparing them for future pathways, we want to give them every opportunity to do well. This means trying to avoid family holidays for these students until the completion of each school year.
It is expected that parents assist the College with keeping student attendance information up to date. If you child is to be away from the school, please notify the College as early as possible. If the absence is unplanned, please inform the College on the day, where possible. If this isn’t possible, please contact as soon as you are able. To provide explanation of any absence there are two options available. For students in Years 7-10 a written signed letter or a phone call explaining the reason for the absence is acceptable. For students in Years 11 and 12 only a written signed letter explaining the reason for the absence is acceptable.
If you are unsure as to whether an absence would be acceptable or not, please contact the College to discuss.
For any absences that are unexplained or classed as unacceptable, notification will be sent home to the parent/guardian.
In order to assist parents to check the attendance of their children the College established the use of the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal allows you the opportunity to check the attendance of your child and see if there are any absences that need explaining. The Parent Portal also allows you to follow up on assignments, school or homework tasks that your child’s teachers may have posted.
In order to log onto the Parent Portal you can simply go to the College website and click on the link to the Parent Portal. Once there you login with the email you provided the school and your password. By parents logging onto the Portal they are able to pick up any absent days that don’t have an explanation and then contact the school to resolve them.
We request that you please support the College in developing an understanding that ‘Every Day Counts’.